I love to read the comments that come in from the visitors and customers that frequent our site. I try to read every one personally. If someone has taken the time to write us something, I feel the least I can do is to read what they have to say. I wish I could respond to every one of them, and I wish I could take every phone call. I love our customers. normally visitors come to us with all kinds of questions, but when they "Request a Quote" their responses are pretty predictable. Typical requests we receive look like:
The controversy isn't new. Simply stated, Native Americans are urging the owner of the Washington Redskins NFL team to change their name as the word Redskin is an offensive and derogarory word to most Native Americans. Daniel Snyder, the current owner of the Washington Redskins penned what some would describe as a heartfelt letter to his fans, explaining that the name Redskin was meant with pride and history, a badge of honor if you will, and the valuable tradition of the team would be in peril if the name Redskin was stripped from their uniforms. So here is my perspective on the situation from a purely editorial view point: Daniel is wrong, he needs to let go and show the power of a gracious and good deed to the whole world.
In hockey—and in all sports—keeping players and coaches healthy is vital to being successful. Teams spend an inordinate amount of time together, sharing locker rooms, water, and food. In other words, they are ripe for the many viruses and bacteria that can devastate a player's body and ruin seasons. Consequently, equipment managers should always be looking for new ways to sanitize their teams' gear in order to prevent the unnecessary spread of illnesses.
After my two previous blog posts (the first was about Ndamukong Suh's nasty on the field behavior, the second about the NCAA's refusal to pay college athletes a fair wage), one would think I am full of sour grapes and rotten tomatoes. I am here this week to say, thats just not so.
With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying student athletes is a very hot topic. At the center of the discussion is the notion that students are scholar athletes and the idea of incentivizing them with money for their dedication or performance will some how violate the long standing tradition that it is simply their duty and privilege to play.
Nothing shows your team's pride like investing in a new set of team uniforms. With so many options available at many pricing and performance levels, your team apparel dealer can assist you in finding the right look that meets your specific budget.
If you haven't seen the recent news about Ndamukong Suh's record $100,000 fine then take a read here. Now lets take a closer look at the NFL's decision to fine Mr. Suh and examine the hypocracy of their actions.
I was and remained excited that the start to the 2013 NFL season has finally arrived. In fact, my two sons and I spent the better part of Sunday soaking in as much live action as we could considering it was a beautiful day here in the northeast. While the player action has not disappointed and the usual dynasty teams are showing their age, all in all the uniforms are coming in as the biggest losers involved in any of the professional competition.
Starting a buiness is never easy. It takes capital, dedicated employees who are willing to trust your vision and most of all, acceptance of risk and the acceptance that sometimes even the best laid plans don't go according to plan. So please allow me to share my vision with you, why I decided to start SquadLocker and hopefully you will see and feel the passion that the SquadLocker team and me feel every day.
Hockey is a difficult sport for athletic programs to fund for several reasons. First, facilities and ice time are expensive. Second, equipment is relatively more expensive than other sports, and each player comes with his or her own equipment costs. Lastly, unlike sports such as basketball and soccer, hockey isn’t played by as many schools, so teams generally need to travel further throughout the course of a season in order to play a full schedule of games. These additional travel expenses are yet another cost that your athletic department must accommodate.
Despite hockey being an expensive sport, your school shouldn’t overlook outfitting your team in the very best gear available. After all, there are numerous ways that your school can save on hockey uniforms and gear without overextending itself financially. Here are a few ways that you can buy the best hockey team uniforms for less.
What if I were to tell you that a simple thing like a team organizer form would be the key to your team having an enjoyable and successful experience, trusting you to buy their team uniforms? What if I also told you that the way in which your team dealer packages and organizes your uniform delivery was equally important? The truth is that most of the work you will have to do associated with buying team uniforms, travel suits and other team gear is either dependent on your hard work or the work and effort of your volunteers. Your time is precious and your volunteers’ time is a scarce resource that needs to be used wisely.
With various player schedules and field assignments to keep track of, the last thing you and your coaching staff should be worrying about is on-time delivery of your uniforms. But buyer beware: Your purchasing behavior and your team dealer’s failure to ask the right questions and share the best information may end up causing you and your sports program real problems.
When purchasing team apparel and uniforms from your local team dealer, it is important that you understand the differences between the several decoration methods that are available to you today. Getting a better understanding of the variety of decoration methods will not only allow you to receive the best product for your specific need; you may also be able to save some money while having your players looking their best, on and off the field.
In the unpredictable world of competitive and recreational sports, teams, coaches, organizers and managers are faced with constant challenges. The very nature of competitive athletics is unpredictable; you never know what your team or players will be facing next.